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The University Of Virginia Will Remove Eight Ailing Trees

December 12, 2000 -- University of Virginia landscape officials have identified eight old trees that are ailing and plan to remove them during the coming semester break.

The trees, including six on the historic Lawn and two in nearby pavilion gardens, will be replaced. "They have reached a point in their lives where if we allow them to remain any longer, they will represent a hazardous situation," said Jeff Ertel, superintendent of landscape for Facilities Management. There are more than 70 trees on the Lawn itself.

The ailing trees have been fertilized, pruned and cabled for a number of years in an effort to keep them viable. University staff and consulting arborists recently evaluated the sick trees and advised that additional efforts could not stabilize their decline. Some of the larger trees may date to 1870, said University Landscape Architect Mary Hughes.

The six Lawn trees include two large ash, two small ash, a red maple and a sugar maple. The other two, in the gardens of Pavilion III and Pavilion IX, are both large ash.

The University has a policy to replace trees that are lost, Ertel said. "Over the last several years we have been trying to put back more trees than we remove," he said. No decision has been made about the species to be planted.

The tree removal is scheduled to be carried out by a contracted firm over the semester break to minimize disruption to normal activities on the Grounds.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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